Our top moments from All-Star weekend
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun's top moments from the 2011 All-Star weekend in Raleigh:
• The All-Star draft: The drama unfolded Friday night, especially when Colorado's Paul Stastny and Toronto's Phil Kessel were the only two players left to be selected. Then, with an uncharacteristic display of brutality, Team Staal captain Eric Staal joked that, since Toronto wasn't much of a hockey market, he was going to take Stastny. Ouch.
• Missed flights: We enjoyed listening to Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane describe how he had missed his flight to Raleigh even though teammate Jonathan Toews had been banging on his door earlier that morning to try to wake him up. Kane's mother, likewise, had been trying to make sure her son didn't oversleep, but Kane had his cell phone on mute. Teammates Toews and Patrick Sharp gave Kane some digs until they were presumably told by management to stop.
• He's a rock star: Downtown Raleigh was alive with people. The lines that stretched seemingly for miles just to get an autograph with Carolina rookie Jeff Skinner were impressive.
• The hardest shot: Even though there is something ridiculous about watching men wind up and drive a puck into an empty net in the hardest shot competition, it was still cool to see Boston's Zdeno Chara establish an All-Star competition record with a blast that clocked in at 105.9 mph.
• A fast start: How about the first period of Sunday's game? Four Team Staal goals in the first 5:41 and then four by Team Lidstrom in less than six minutes late in the first period. Imagine what would have happened had the players actually taken shots when they could have?
• Making a little history: Alex Ovechkin didn't seem his usual exuberant self this weekend, but he did manage to have a little fun as he tried to disrupt a Matt Duchene breakaway by tossing his stick in his direction. The move prompted the first penalty shot in All-Star Game history.
• What they said: The fans watching on television at home were treated to some interesting moments, thanks to players who allowed themselves to be miked up. The downside is sometimes the electronics get in the way, as was the case when Team Staal's Ryan Kesler found his cord dangling outside his equipment on a rush. The offending gear finally made it on the ice and was swept away by one of the players.